Job Opportunities

Library Programs Intern

$17.50 per hour, 30 hours per week
Wednesday-Saturday 9:30-5, plus one evening per week, August 22 to December 8, 2018

The Library Programs Intern position at the Salt Spring Island Public Library is suitable for a graduate who wants to gain valuable and rewarding work experience working with the public in a busy library, who enjoys event planning and conducting programs for children and adults, and who has an interest in library marketing.

The ideal candidate will have a Master’s of Library and Information Science Degree or Library Technician Diploma.  However, graduates in other areas will be considered, especially if they have prior library experience or are planning on a career in the library field. This position requires good English communication skills, and a strong interest in working with children and a cross-section of the public. The position requires that the candidate be able to pay attention to detail and be able to focus on tasks and projects. Knowledge, interest, and experience in planning, conducting, and promoting events and programs is an asset. Strong computer skills and excellent interpersonal skills are required.


The Intern will assist with library programs by: scheduling programs, liaising with speakers and providing room orientations; creating promotional materials such as press releases, web write-ups, program handouts, social media posts; adult program event host, opening and closing the building for evening events, introducing guest speakers; and planning and running children’s programs.

In addition to this major project, the Intern will have the opportunity to gain widely transferable customer service, communication, and problem solving skills by working on our public circulation and information desks.

Orientation and Training

A comprehensive orientation and training, including workplace safety, will be provided in the first two weeks of employment and in that time period the student will complete an orientation and training to perform most library tasks, including computer and library management systems. The Intern will also complete an orientation of the library program room audiovisual system, children’s and adult programs, and social media and promotions training.

After the initial training program is complete, the Intern will work closely with the Librarian, Library Technician, and Chief Librarian, and will have weekly check-in meetings with the Librarian.


The Intern will be supervised by two professional Librarians and a Library Technician.  Learning assistance will primarily be guided, hands-on learning, following the initial two-week training period. The training period will be a combination of job-shadowing and hands-on learning.

For selected projects, the Intern may also be supervised in part by experienced volunteers, including being supervised by volunteer Supervisors when working on the Circulation Desk.  The successful applicant will be able to work more independently as the summer progresses.

Women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, New Canadians, and Aboriginal peoples are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is July 9, 2018.  Please send applications by email to, or by mail to Attn: Librarian, Salt Spring Island Public Library, 129 McPhillips Ave, Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2T6.